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spiral

spi·ral

spiral

 
pronunciation:
spaI rl
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a curve that begins from and continues to form a circle around a fixed point and that constantly increases or decreases in distance from it, in either a flat or a three-dimensional plane; coil or helix.
The cinnamon rolls were shaped like a spiral.
similar words:
convolution
definition 2: something shaped like or moving in such a figure.
similar words:
swirl, twist
definition 3: an accelerating increase or decrease in two interdependent economic factors, such as wages and prices.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: curved or circling in the form of a spiral.
There is a spiral path to the center of the garden.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: spiraled, spiraling, spirals
definition: to form a spiral.
The seashell spirals, making a beautiful curved shape.The staircase spiraled from the third floor to the first floor.
similar words:
twist, wind
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to cause to form a spiral or move in a spiral course.
The quarterback spiraled the ball.
derivation: spirally (adv.)
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